MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,431 this week

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  8 October 1962 (USA)
7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 4,817 users  
Reviews: 50 user | 31 critic

A rebellious youth, sentenced to a boy's reformatory for robbing a bakery, rises through the ranks of the institution through his prowess as a long distance runner. During his solitary runs... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (short story)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.00 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 02 Feb 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 28 Jun 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 29 Sep 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 05 Jan 2014
 
a list of 36 titles
created 01 Feb 2014
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.

User Polls

Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The moving story of a plain young girl who becomes pregnant by a black sailor, befriends a homosexual, and gradually becomes a woman.

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child.

Director: Karel Reisz
Stars: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts
Billy Liar (1963)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A lazy, irresponsible young clerk in provincial Northern England lives in his own fantasy world and makes emotionally immature decisions as he alienates friends and family.

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Tom Courtenay, Julie Christie, Wilfred Pickles
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values.

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Mary Ure
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In Northern England in the early 1960s, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an immediate star in the rugby league team run by local employer Weaver. Machin lodges ... See full summary »

Director: Lindsay Anderson
Stars: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel
Tom Jones (1963)
Adventure | Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In eighteenth century England, "first cousins" Tom Jones and Master Blifil grew up together in privilege in the western countryside, but could not be more different in nature. Tom, the ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Albert Finney, Susannah York, George Devine
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An ambitious young accountant schemes to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman.

Director: Jack Clayton
Stars: Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, Heather Sears
Director: Patricio Guzmán
Stars: Salvador Allende, Carlos Altamirano, Fernando Castillo
Atletu (2009)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefooted Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon. Overnight, Abebe Bikila became a sports legend. A hero ... See full summary »

Directors: Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew
Stars: Rasselas Lakew, Dag Malmberg, Ruta Gedmintas
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After his girlfriend's pregnancy forces him to marry her, a young man must adjust to his new life and contend with his domineering mother-in-law.

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Alan Bates, June Ritchie, Thora Hird
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The first ever feature-length film to capture the essence, drama and unique spectacle of the famed 26.2-mile race, the production features five runners - three amateurs and two elites - as ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Dunham
Stars: Dick Beardsley, Ryan Bradley, Leah Caille
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A military mission is interrupted when a soldier claims that God had appeared to him in a transcendental vision.

Director: Caspar Wrede
Stars: Tom Courtenay, Mogens Wieth, Ronald Fraser
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
Avis Bunnage ...
Mrs. Smith
...
...
Joe Robinson ...
Roach
Dervis Ward ...
Detective
Topsy Jane ...
Julia Foster ...
Edit

Storyline

A rebellious youth, sentenced to a boy's reformatory for robbing a bakery, rises through the ranks of the institution through his prowess as a long distance runner. During his solitary runs, reveries of his life and times before his incarceration lead him to re-evaluate his privileged status as the Governor's prize runner. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 October 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rebel with a Cause  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The British heavy metal group Iron Maiden adapted the story into a song entitled "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner". The song is featured on the album "Somewhere in Time" (1986) See more »

Goofs

When the boys are doing gardening work one character calls another "you mug" (meaning gullible idiot). This is incorrectly recorded in the subtitles as "you muppet" but the word "muppet" - meaning an idiot - was not in use when the film was made. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Colin Smith: Running was always a big thing in our family, specially running away from the police. It's hard to understand. All I know is that you've got to run, running without knowing why, through fields and woods. And the winning post's no end, even though the barmy crowds might be cheering themselves daft. That's what the loneliness of a long distance runner feels like.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in House M.D.: Don't Ever Change (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Twist in Railway
(uncredited)
Music by Bill Bramwell
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A compelling attack on "the system"
27 June 2001 | by (Clifton, Virginia) – See all my reviews

A powerful and absorbing commentary on the plight of poor adolescents in working-class British society. The story is told through flashbacks, as a reform school delinquent recalls his troubled home life and the events that drove him to become what he is.

Colin (Tom Courtenay), the rebellious young man, embodies the depths to which one can sink as a result of poverty. When his father dies, he is forced to become the figure of stability in the lives of his abrasive mother and all his siblings. The incessant desire for money, instilled in him by his mother, drives him to rob a bakery. This lands him in reform school, where his aptitude as a long distance runner catches the eye of the school's progressive governor (Michael Redgrave). The governor has resolved that his students must defeat the local public school in a race, and puts Colin in training to represent them.

Running provides Colin with an opportunity to escape his problems, vent his aggressions, and consider his prospects. The governor takes a liking in him and begins giving him special privileges. He is forced to decide if he should continue with his defiant behavior, or instead play by the rules.

Redgrave wisely plays the governor not as a stereotypical prison warden, but as a fair and rational man driven to win. Courtenay's performance is nothing short of brilliant. He captures all the agony of an individual forced to mature before his time, molded by a society which has no use for his kind. Do any of the inmates in the school really reform, or do they all just `play the game' until they are released? This is among the many pertinent questions raised by this key film of its time.


19 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Best British Film Ever? rick_7
DVD velvetunderground1982
Where can i find this movie?? jjoechump
Quote stevenvh
Whats that tune? kristienadana
LOTLDR + Scum Brettto

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?